Fleet managers still not aware of duty of care
The report, which was published this week at the eSafety Challenge 2010 event, also found that duty of care is only featured in 28% of European company car purchase policies, with safety benchmarks such as NCAP ratings only appearing in 17% of policies. In the UK the figure was higher: 42% said their policies considered duty of care.
Mike Penning MP, UK Under Secretary of State for Transport, said: 'Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we are committed to further improving road safety.
'Making the best use of new eSafety technologies is crucial if we are to continue to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads. The eSafety Challenge plays an important role in increasing awareness of these technologies around the world and it is an initiative we strongly support.'
Implementation rates for key eSafety technologies are still alarmingly low across fleets. A total of 28% of all respondents had Electronic Stability Control (ESC) fitted on less than half of their fleet, and a further 21% did not have ESC fitted on any of their vehicles.
Adrian Walsh, RoadSafe director, said: 'Fleet decision-makers rightly focus on driver behaviour, but many seem to overlook the importance of buying or leasing safe vehicles.
'They must look out for those equipped with the latest technology, such as Electronic Stability Control, and those with the highest Euro NCAP ratings. There is a strong business case for investing in eSafety in fleets. Evidence from our campaign partners proves this.'